We never actually spent much time in the older part of Port Moresby, down by the waterfront. By the time we arrived in PNG, Moresby had sprawled up the coastal hills and had newer areas such as Waigani (the Parliament buildings) and Boroko inland. Boroko especially had a lot of shops where we did our grocery shopping in a supermarket, bought our newspapers, did our banking and generally anything else that we needed. There was a drought during our time in Moresby, so things looked quite dusty and bleak in these areas, as you can see from the pic. Boroko was always a hot and bustling place, especially on the weekends.
What to buy: There was no problem in obtaining all the necessities of life and I don't recall the prices being too over the top. Most people did not stock up too much with goods for their freezers because the power supply situation was sometimes spotty and it would not be good to lose a whole freezer full of food. The drought was affecting the water levels at the hydro dams that normally supplied the city with power.
If your staying in Moresby for any length of time consider visiting one of the many local supermarkets. I walked down to the Boroko Supermarkets and caught a taxi to the Gordon RH Hypermarket. Prices are reasonable and by far cheaper than Restaurants.
What to buy: Any food item.
What to pay: as cheap as back home.
In years past PNG Arts was the place to go for contemporary PNG tribal arts with their large warehouse containing a wide variety of goods from across the country. Unfortunately, my last last visit in November 2012 found a great reduction in the quality and quantity of merchandise. Nonetheless I purchased several thousand dollars worth of carvings and paid additional thousands to have them air-freighted to France. They never came. My emails requesting information were ignored as was my request for a refund.
Beware PNG Arts. They cannot be trusted.
This is fairly hidden in the suburbs. But the selection is wide and varied.
What to buy: Handicrafts, penile gourds, sculptures, masks and even PNG caps and T-shirts
What to pay: Reasonable.
PNG Art is the best place in Port Moresby to pickup some local arts and crafts. A very large range is available.
What to buy: Local crafts and a few souvenirs.
What to pay: a little to a lot
In the centre of Boroko Shops is an open area hosting many local stalls and sellers with their various wares. A great place to pick up some arts and crafts at a cheap price.
What to buy: Arts and Crafts